Van Dijk favourite to collect FIFA 'The Best' award in Milan

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Lionel Messi has written his name into football's history books after being named FIFA The Best Men's Player of Year, going one ahead of his longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who snubbed the awards gala once again.

Madrid stalwarts Sergio Ramos and Marcelo were chosen to join Van Dijk and another Dutchman in Matthijs de Ligt at the back, while Luka Modric - victor of The Best FIFA Men's Player award in 2018 - kept a place in midfield.

Legit.ng reported earlier that John Mikel Obi recounted how Chelsea stars survived Lionel Messi's Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the 2012 Champions League semi final second leg clash.

The Argentine won the award following a great individual campaign that saw him score 51 goals and assist another 22 in just 50 appearances.

The award was handed to the Barcelona and Argentina captain at a ceremony in Milan.

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The goalkeeper is Alisson of Liverpool and Brazil.

The duo has dominated the award since 2008, with their string of victories only interrupted by Croatia's Luka Modric a year ago.

Ronaldo had edged him to the award in 2016 and 2017 before last year's victor, Luka Modric, was recognized off the back of a Champions League title and a World Cup final appearance.

Since FIFA's creation of the new award in 2016, each victor of The Best has gone on to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award too with the France Football award ceremony set to take place in the French capital on December 2nd.

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